Clipped From The Westminster Budget
24 THE WESTMINSTER^ BUDGET SEPTEMBER 1, I899 SATURDAY, AUGUST .26. The distinguished Russian amateur, Prince Dadian of Mingrelia, favours us with the following two pretty games recently played at Kieff and St. Petersburg : Played at Kieff Muzio GAMBIT. Prince Dadian of Prince Dadian of Mingrelia. • , L. Frenkel. Mingrelia. White. Black. White. 1. P to K4 PtoK4 12. B x Kt (,,. 2. P to KB4 P x P 13. QxB 3. Kt to KB3 P to KKt4 14. Kt to B3 4. B to B4 P to Kt5 15. QtoR8ch 5. PtoQ4 P to QKt4 16. R x P ch 6. B to Q5 Kt to QB3 17. QxPch 7. BxP PxKt 18. R to B sq ch 8. QxP KttoB3 19. Q to B6 ch 9. B x Kt P x B 20. Q toB6ch 10. B to K5 B to K2 21. Q to B8 mate 11. Castles R to KKt sq 21. Q to B8 mate L. Frenkel. Black. B x B Q to Q2 R to Kt3 Kto K2 K x R R to Kt2 K to K3 K to K2 K to K sq 5. P to Q4 is known in the theory of the game as the Indian variation because it was originated by Ghulam Kassim. It was considered invincible in the twenties, but it shared the fate of the other Muzio variations in the sixties ot being demolished when Louis Paulshe, appeared on the scene as an analyst. 5...P to QKt4 is inferior, the best variation being 5...P x Kt; 6. Q x P, P to Q4 ; 7. B x QP, Kt to KB3 ; 8. Castles, P to B3, &c. Not being able to move the QP, he has nothing else but 8...Kt to B3, whereupon 9. B x Kt and 10. B to K5 wins back the piece with a pawn ahead and a better position. He could have made still a fight of it with 13...Q x Q ; 14. R x Q, R to Kt3, and the last chance 14...Q to K3. After the fatal 14...R to Kt3 the game is lost by force, Prince Dadian winning it elegantly. Played at St. Petersburg: Two KNIGHTS' DEFENCE. Prince Dadian of Prince Dadian of Mingrelia. White. 1. PtoK4 2. Kt to KB3 3. B to B4 4. P to Q4 5. Castles 6. PtoK6 7. B to QKt5 8. KtxP 9. KtxKt 10. B to Q3 11. R x Kt 12. KxB 13. K to Kt sq 14. K to R sq 15. KttoB3 16. Q to B sq 17. B to Q2 18. R to K sq 19. Kt toK2 20. R to Q sq 21. B to B3 22. Kt x P 23. B x P 24. B to QB5 A. Bartoliel. Black. P to K4 Kt to QB3 Kt to B3 PxP B to B4 PtoQ4 Kt to K5 B to Q2 PxKt KtxP BxRch Q to R5 ch Q to Q5 ch QxKP Castles P to Kt4 KK to K sq Q to Kt2 R to K2 PtoQB4 P to Q5 PxKt Q to R3 R to K3 Mingrelia. White. 25. B to B4 26. Q to Q3 27. Q to Q8 ch 28. RxRch 29. B to B8 ch 30. B-.xQ 31. K to Kt sq 32. R to QB8 33. RxP 34. RxP 35. P to QKt4 36. P to QR4 37. PtoKt5 38. PtoKt6 39. PxP 40. P to R5 41. B to B sq 42. RxP ch 43. B to B4 ch 44. Bx R 45. B to B4 46. B to K2 47. KtoBsq 48. B to B3 A. Bartoliel. Black. R to KB3 B to B3 RxQ K to Kt2 K to Kt3 KxB K to Kt2 B to K5 B x BP B to K5 PtoR4 P to R5 P to Kt5 P to Kt6 PxP R to B7 R to R7 Kx R Kto K2 Kto Q2 K to B3 K to Q2 K to B sq Resigns The 4. P to Q4 variation may lead to interesting complications, which either side may initiate. For instance, Black may play advantageously 6...Kt x P, 7. R to K sq ; P to Q4; 7. B x P, Q x B ; 8. Kt to B3, Q to KR4 ; 9. Kt x Kt, B to K3, &c. ; and White could select a lively variation (Max Lange) with 7. P x Kt, P x B ; 8. R to K sq ch, B to K3 ; 9. Kt to Kt5, &c. ; but the variation in the text, 7. B to QKt5, is more sound. Black may also give up the Gambit Pawn with 5...P to Q3, but he gets a hampered development for the time being. Black's sacrifice of two minor pieces for Rook and two Pawns is not advisable, but he makes a most risky move later on (to prevent 17. B to KB4) with 16...P to KKt4. White got a very good attack in consequence. A pretty centre skirmish followed, a subtle sacrificing combination being initiated with 20. R to Q sq, which was overlooked by Black, else he could have played 21...Q to R3 at once. Finally he might have given up the Exchange with 25...B to B3 and remained with Bishops of different colour. White's final combination, 27. Q to Q8 ch, is very pretty and decisive, as he wins back the Exchange, and Black's isolated Queen's side pawns. The Amsterdam Amateur Tournament was concluded by Mr. H. E. Atkins winning his remaining two games, thus securing fifteen wins out of fifteen games played. These figures speak eloquently enough, and we need not add anything in praise of such an achievement. The second favourite, Herr Ollam, lost both his games, and remained with one point ahead of Blejkmans, Mannheimer, and Swiderski, who divided with ten points. . each the third, fourth, and fifth prizes, Dimer and A. E. van, Foreest dividing sixth and seventh prizes with 8# points each. . Mr. Atkins received the silver medal given by the Queen of Holland. He received the brilliancy prize for the game won against Treshng (published last week in the Westminster Budget)^ and was elected Master of the Netherlands Chess Association. , The following is the full score : J. W.-te Kolste... J. Dimer D. Bleijkmans ... J. D. Tresling ... H. E. Atkins F. Heemskerk Partaj .... r. Mannheimer A.G.Olland(Mat) W. Schwan (Pat) Dr. Trimborn...... W. B. H. Meiners A. E. Van Foreest F. W. Pelzer J. J. R. Moquette R. Swiderski rx •0) ~o & 0 1 l 1 1 1 1 % 1 0 1 1 V a •1-* Q. '/a cn a ct S M '« s '/2 a In, 6 tn tt u V , e V V I u <D S '5 A a a ct a 1 1 0 1 0 Vi 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 ; 1 e o s a U 01 v o '/a u N A, '/a t % s o '/a 1* 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 % tn <ti •a 'S o h i 8 o« 3 6 10 11 5 IJi 5 8'/» 6K- 10 PROBLEM NO. 173. By H. Aliquis, of Prague. BLACK. WHITE. White to play and mate in two moves. 1. 1. 1. SOLUTION OF PROBLEM NO. 172. Q to Kt3, P to B4 ; 2. P to B3, P to B5 ; 3. Q to Q sq mates. ... , P to B3 ; 2. Qto K3 ch, KxKt; 3. Kt to Kt6 mates. ......... ,K to K5 ; 2. Q to B4 ch, K to B4; 3. Kt to K7 mates. • 1 . A SEASONABLE GOLF STORY. A golf story which should be added to the already excellent number to which the game has given birth possesses an advantage which cannot be claimed for all of them, that of being absolutely authentic. An enthusiast, who was somewhat of a tyro at golf, though of great distinction at other forms of athletics, had a series of misfortunes with which most people can sympathise. He was playing against a man whose opinion he valued, and he consistently topped his ball, sliced it, pulled it, lifted it into a tree, played a fine cleek stroke into a bunker, and made extraordinarily straight long-distance puts in which the ball hopped genially across the hole into the long grass which skirted the green. At first the player's demeanour was ominously sweet, he seemed positively to enjoy his strokes ; then he grew mad, there he grew apparently careless, though his caddie noticed the carelessness was only assumed, as he was pressing horribly. The worst of golf is that you can never deceive either your caddie or your ball. At last, at the seventh hole, he grew wonderfully calm, and marched off to the next teeing- ground, remarking to his trembling caddie that he would not trouble to hole out. After ah easy preliminary swing or two> he topped his ball, which trickled away about twenty yards to the right. Then the man took all his clubs and broke them one by one across his knee, remarking quietly to his opponent that "it i& better to break your infernal clubs than to lose your infernal temper."